When you love, like a rocket into space

You launch a once secret piece of yourself

On a thrilling ride into the unknown –

And part of you clenches with choking fear

For there you are, exposing your true self

Opening to the world to reveal your

Tender vulnerabilities, those hidden

Secrets now they stir and call out loudly,

Unashamed as a sweet young child who has

Never felt rebuked


Open, visible, you revel in this

Bright declaration, this lowering of

Those fierce fortress walls that for too long you

Hid behind; now high in the sky you soar

Half excited, and half trembling, afraid;

Succumbing to the pull of the journey,

You let the giddy emotion whirl through

Your mind, and swirl freely in the currents

Of your blood – now knowing this is what it

Means to be alive


Image: Munch, “The Kiss”

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